Some really good news to start, the Staverton Preservation Group gardening gang have had further success in South West In Bloom, having won Gold Award in the Tourism, Commercial and Leisure along with an Outstanding award in the ‘In Your Neighbourhood’ class. Both awards were the top ones in their groups.
The ceremony was held at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay on Friday 11th October and awards were presented by Lord and Lady Fellows who are patrons of the Royal Horticultural Society. The photo shows Alison Burgess recieving the award on behalf of SPG and the gardening gang.
The amount of hard work that has gone into the displays cannot be understated, many thanks to everyone who has planted, tended and watered the displays.
Doug and Terry, ably assisted by various others, have done a great job of stabilising the steel plate over the Buckfastleigh side gate lock mechanism and repairing the broken slab at the bottom of the platform ramp – thank you chaps.
‘Rainbow’ Dave Light (he of the multi-coloured railchairs) paid a welcome visit for the SPG AGM on 12th October. Its a long journey from ‘oop North’ so unfortunately Dave can’t get down to Staverton as often as he would like.
An update on the worn bearing on the Totnes side level crossing gate – subject to agreement the intention is to remove the gate for a number of days so that the damage can be surveyed and a correctly sized bearing shell manufactured. The railway will be suitably fenced off during the work.
Otherwise, things are carrying on as normal, wagons continue to be worked on (the Shark should be back on p-way trains this winter) and the Station maintained and improved – many thanks to all the various gangs involved.